Matthew Blittner

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There Will Never Be Another John Amirante

By Matthew Blittner Special Contributor to MSGNetworks.com John Amirante was truly a class act. When he sang the national anthem at Madison Square Garden during the playoffs, it made the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. Players say they like to feed off the energy of the crowd, but the crowd always […]

Rangers Look Back On Disappointing Season, Ahead to Exciting Year

By Matthew Blittner Special Contributor to MSGNetworks.com A season never truly ends, so much as a new one begins. On Tuesday, April 10, 2018, the New York Rangers said their final goodbyes to their disappointing 2017-18 season. But one thing every player made sure to mention was how important it is to be prepared for […]

Gorton Looking For New Voice, Fresh Start for Rangers

By Matthew Blittner Special Contributor to MSGNetworks.com Nothing lasts forever. That’s especially true about the tenure of NHL coaches. On Saturday night — not even six hours after the Rangers’ 5-0 loss to the Flyers — the team relieved Alain Vigneault of his coaching duties. [Fischler: Why Vigneault Got The Hook] The house cleaning continued […]

What’s Next for the Blueshirts?

By Matthew Blittner Special Contributor to MSGNetworks.com The Rangers most trying season this decade has come to an end. In the Rangers 5-0 loss to the Flyers Saturday afternoon at Wells Fargo Center, the Blueshirts looked out of sorts from opening faceoff to the final horn. And now, with their season finale in the books, let’s […]

Graves, Richter Honored By Ice Hockey In Harlem

By Matthew Blittner Special Contributor to MSGNetworks.com There’s no more potent a compliment I can give to former All-Star athletes than calling them, world-class gentlemen. On Wednesday night, Ice Hockey in Harlem hosted its annual Winter Sports Celebration; honoring two New York hockey legends: Adam Graves and Mike Richter. The first thing that comes to […]

Spooner Continues to Impress

By Matthew Blittner Special Contributor to MSGNetworks.com No matter what, this rivalry never gets old. And with an influx of new talent, it will continue to evolve. In the Rangers 5-2 loss to the Devils Tuesday night at Prudential Center, Ryan Spooner — one of the “new guys” in the rivalry — was responsible for giving […]

How Long Does it Take To Become a “Ranger?”

By Matthew Blittner Special Contributor to MSGNetworks.com There’s an old saying amongst athletes that it’s not enough to wear the jersey. You have to have some seminal moment that truly makes you a member of your team. For MSG Networks analyst, Joe Micheletti, that moment was more the culmination of his hard work rather than […]

Skjei Emerging As Leader on Rangers Blue Line

By Matthew Blittner Special Contributor to MSGNetworks.com It’s not often a sophomore player is looked upon as a leader. But that’s exactly the situation Brady Skjei is in. The Rangers’ 2012 first-round draft pick has played under the burden of high expectations for most of his life. But he loves the added responsibilities. And his […]